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Tuesday August 27, 2013 MYT 5:24:00 PM
Tuesday August 27, 2013 MYT 6:51:54 PM
by qishin tariq AND rahmah ghazali
PETALING JAYA: The murder case of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu will go to the Federal Court after the prosecution team filed a notice of appeal against the Court of Appeal decision to discharge and acquit the two Special Action Unit members, C/Insp Azilah Hadri and Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, accused of killing her.
Deputy Solicitor-General II Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, in a text message, confirmed that he had filed the notice of appeal on the day of the judgment last Friday.
However, he said they are still working on the appeal petition as they had only received the written judgment on Monday.
He declined to comment further, saying that it could subjudice the appeal.
When asked which points of the Court of Appeal judgment the prosecution would likely appeal against, he replied: "All".
Azilah and Sirul Azhar were freed by the Court of Appeal after Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat ruled that there were serious misdirections by the Shah Alam High Court judge who heard the case.
However, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had stated that the prosecution was dissatisfied with the decision as the non-direction or misdirection by the trial court judge was not the fault of the prosecution.
He also disagreed that the Court of Appeal's finding that the prosecution's failure to call former DSP Musa Safri to testify during the trial had struck a significant blow against the prosecution's case.
"DSP Musa’s testimony had no relevance as the whole narrative of the prosecution’s case had unfolded in the trial before the High Court," he said in a press release.
In a 47-page written judgment, the three-man bench was unable to agree with the prosecution as it had failed to call DSP Musa to give a narrative of the prosecution's case.
At the outset, it was the prosecution’s case that Abdul Razak Baginda had conspired with the two appellants to kill Altantuya.
Sirul Azhar and Azilah were convicted and sentenced to death for killing the Mongolian woman at Mukim Bukit Raja, Klang, between 10pm on Oct 19, 2006, and 1am on Oct 20, 2006.
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Courts, Crime, Altantuya Shaariibuu, Murder, Federal Court, Court of Appeal, Acquittal, Azilah Hadri, Sirul Azhar Umar
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